articles tagged: engineering
why the future is steampunk: steam-powered spacecraft could explore asteroids
# space

why the future is steampunk: steam-powered spacecraft could explore asteroids

Buckle up steampunk enthusiasts, it turns out that not only are steam-powered space probes possible, they might be perfect for hopping between comets and asteroids on research and mining missions.

the five technologies we can use to prevent catastrophic earthquake damage
# tech

the five technologies we can use to prevent catastrophic earthquake damage

Earthquakes might be both powerful and inevitable. But we have the tools to soften their blows, save millions of lives, and save billions when cleaning up after them.

why we need to make fusion work with a new kind of reactor
# science

why we need to make fusion work with a new kind of reactor

We have a new design for a fusion reactor that's showing great promise. We owe it to ourselves to give it a fair shot at making fusion work.

why reinventing the wheel is a worthwhile pursuit
# tech

why reinventing the wheel is a worthwhile pursuit

Reinventing the wheel is a common refrain for doing something unnecessary. But what if you really can make a better wheel like Goodyear is trying to do?

why you shouldn’t learn to stop worrying and love the nuclear jet engine
# tech

why you shouldn’t learn to stop worrying and love the nuclear jet engine

Nuclear engines in commercial aircraft would be a slow motion environmental disaster without a huge leap in shielding technology.

why reverse-engineering alien tech is a pain
# astrobiology

why reverse-engineering alien tech is a pain

Reverse-engineering alien technology is a common sci-fi and conspiracy theory trope. But doing it in real life would be a lot harder than it sounds...

when science fiction invades global politics
# space

when science fiction invades global politics

The UN is musing about a giant sunshade to cool the planet by reflecting 1% of the light that reaches us. They really don't want to know the price tag...

an evolution by any other name…
# tech

an evolution by any other name…

Engineers are using evolutionary algorithms to design new ion engines for spacecraft.

why we’re not ready for mars just yet
# space

why we’re not ready for mars just yet

One day, we'll make it to Mars. But before we do that, we have to answer a lot of questions and think really hard about why we're going.